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Haiku poem –

Along my journey

through this transitory world,

new year’s housecleaning

by Matsu Basho, 1644 – 1694

Matsu Basho was an important poet of Japan’s Edo Period, 1603 – 1867.

(The Edo period – a time of artistic and intellectual development)

Recognised for his contemplative poetry,

Matsu Basho is lauded as the greatest master of haiku